Letters to the Editor
I attended three of Birch Bays 20 year planning meetings and found them very impressive.
As a citizen of the Blaine urban growth area, I only hope when Blaine begins its long range planning process in the near future, it can match the dedication and energy expended by the Birch Bay planning group these last 18 months.
On that cold morning of June 15, 1215, when King John placed his seal on the Magna Carta in the fields of Runnymede, we became heirs to a privilege that few people in the world have ever enjoyed the right to trial by jury. It is a right for which men and women have given their lives and denial of that right, along with other grievances, led to the American colonies declaring independence from England 226 years ago.
This week has been designated by our state as Juror Appreciation Week. My judicial colleagues in district court, Edward Ross and Matt Elich, join me in a sincere expression of thanks and gratitude to each and every juror who has reported for service in the past year. And this feeling of gratitude isnt confined to one week out of the year, but is something we feel year-round. Jurors give of themselves each time they report for service. Their pay is low, the hours are long, and the task is demanding. Yet the service which jurors provide to our community is vital to our legal system and to the preservation of our Rights as Americans.
Once again, thank you, jurors of Whatcom County. Not just this week, but always.
Whatcom County District Court
The Blessing of the Fleet committee wants to thank all of you who helped with our annual ceremony on Sunday, May 5. It was a nice day (no rain!), and a very good attendance for this important day for the fishing industry.
Special thanks to the Port of Bellingham and the Blaine port staff for setting up the dock with chairs, tent, sound system, and providing any help we needed before and after the event. Thanks to the Blaine high school music department, especially the instrumental ensemble, led by Bob Gray, and Blaine high school singer Victoria King. Local ministers Dennis Wildermuth, Nan Geer and Brent Brentnall provided prayers. Thanks to Senator Georgia Gardner who helped write and then read the Washington State Senate resolution for the annual Blessing of the Fleet, and mayor pro-tem John Liebert who read the City of Blaine Resolution for this event.
Thanks also to Blaine Bouquets for the beautiful flowers, to Jeff Markusen who provided his fishing vessel Scandia to represent the fleet, to Rory McLeod who played the bagpipes for the beginning and the ending of the ceremony, and to the fisher families who provided refreshments after the ceremony.
Thanks to all else who helped in any way. We couldnt have done it without your help.
Jan Hrutfiord, Chair
Blessing of the Fleet Committee
I would like to thank you for the American flags on the downtown street lamps. They are a wonderful addition to downtown, special thanks to Leroy for working late to get them out! The flags along with the hanging planters and sidewalk planters really brighten up the downtown corridor.
As a downtown business owner and lifetime resident of Blaine, these little things really add to the beauty of Blaine and are appreciated.
Mary Lee Hill
Thanks from farm
Our Firewind Farm Nursery family would like to take this opportunity to thank The Northern Light for everything you have done to help make our grand opening a great success!
Thank you to Louise, Jackie, and Meg for meeting us at the farm. Also, thank you to Karena for your help with the production of our ads. We appreciate your help and your wonderful article that introduced us to this great community we all share.
We enjoyed meeting everyone that joined us for our grand opening and truly appreciate your business and friendship. We hope you will continue to visit us for your gardening projects and look forward to sharing our love of plants and nature together. As our gardens bloom and grow throughout the years, we look forward to our friendships blooming as we all grow together!
Thank you everyone that signed up for the Japanese Maple drawing. The lucky winner is Rhonda Enright. Congratulations Rhonda, were excited for you! The Japanese Maple found a great new home on your freshly graded property.
We would also like to thank Bill for his countless and tireless hours of helping to make our farm such a wonderful garden that we all enjoy. Wed be lost without you, Bill!
Barbara, Jeff, Aunt Dot, and Chris
May is the annual poppy drive for the hospitalized veterans. Peace Arch Unit #86 Auxiliary Members will soon be calling on you with displays they have been making from poppies purchased from the hospitalized veterans. For some this is their only source of income. All donations received go back to the veterans hospitals for the care and comfort of those who have done so much for us.
Since the events of September 11, it is more important than ever to show our support to our veterans and their families.
The following (author unknown) says it all. Thank you for your support.
A man walked down the street one day.
The ladies of the Auxiliary came his way.
He took a poppy and gave them a dime.
He mumbled Why do they take up my time?
He put the poppy in the button hole of his coat,
Next to some pencils and other notes.
When he got home he placed the poppy on the table,
That pretty red flower with the little green label.
When he looked at the flower, as if inspired,
He wondered, Who put this flower on this wire?
Hes probably a man who once stood tall,
And for his country he gave his all.
He might once have piloted a plane.
Now gives his all just to walk with a cane.
In his strong hands was a sense of power,
Now he makes this little red flower.
In our world we are busy with money and power,
While this mans job is this little red flower.
He still takes pride in what he has to do,
Petal by petal he makes this flower for you.
Next year when it comes to poppy day,
Ill be glad to see the auxiliary come my way.
Ill cheerfully give them generously,
For the veteran making this pretty red flower,
Could have been me!!!
Liane Evans, President
Peace Arch Unit #86
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